NEW YORK –In the wake of several recent school shootings — including 10 killed in Santa Fe, Texas, and 17 killed in Parkland, Florida– hundreds of young people hit the streets Saturday to demand change, CBS New York reports. They’re calling on lawmakers …
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- Tour aims to boost youth turnout and discuss gun reform
Student survivors of the Parkland school shooting were announcing on Monday plans to take their March for Our Lives movement on a summer road trip of the United States.
The 60-day, 20-state bus tour will take in stops to meet victims and survivors of other school shootings, including Sante Fe, Texas, where 10 people were killed by a student gunman last month.
When you’re talking about what most people think of as “school shootings” as compared to, say, some gangbanger shooting at another gangbanger in the school parking lot, the first thing
Leftists take an early role in blaming circumstances and methods when people make bad decisions, instead of looking into their state of mind, intelligence, or moral character. This causes them to be oblivious to the causes of problems and instead to just make things worse with their solutions.
Like most of Europe and America, Scotland has an intoxicants problem. Apparently, many of its citizens and residents drink themselves into a stupor on a regular basis. Its Leftist government has a diagnosis: alcohol is too inexpensive.
From today it is illegal to sell booze for less than 50p per unit in Scotland â€“ including shops, off-licences and supermarkets.
Prices have soared overnight as Edinburgh tries to tackle problems associated with cheap booze.
Studies show the long-awaited change will cut alcohol-related deaths by 392 in five years after the Scottish Government warned alcohol misuse costs the country around Â£3.6billion a year.
Instead of asking why people are so bored + desperate that they intoxicate themselves to incoherence, sort of like the same thing we have going here in America with box wine and opioids, government simply wants to make it harder to drink, figuring that this will solve the problem without having to figure out its roots.
We live in a time when looking at reality is taboo and people want to blame anything but the failure of Western civilization. However, happy people do not drink themselves to death, or pass out in public from opioid abuse, on a wide scale. There will always be some, but now we have many.
The same could be asked of other self-destructive behaviors. Why do we have so many school shootings now, despite guns being easier to get thirty years ago? Why is there so much vandalism? Why are our leaders so pathologically inclined toward destruction?
People despair because they realize that nothing they do will have an influence. Like a runaway machine without a driver, society just churns on, grinding all that is good and beautiful into dust and replacing it with ugly human blight. For many, this means that there is no point going on, and so they suicide through intoxication.
Fairfax, VA – -(Ammoland.com)- Social justice busybodies obsessed with how other people live their lives often portray the success of their causes as a matter of destiny.
“The young people will win,” insists one youthful gun control advocate, falsely portraying his personal crusade as a generational mandate. Yet recent events have demonstrated that bedrock American values – including support for the Second Amendment – tend to outlast moments of high emotion that are increasingly relied upon by political opportunists to advance their agenda.
Given the chance to collect their thoughts, most Americans instinctively revert to freedom.
We recently commented on this point with reference to poll numbers that show a familiar pattern of gun control support spiking in the immediate aftermath of an infamous firearm-related crime, only to taper off as the punditry aims its fury in another direction or overplays its hand and is forced to regroup.
Since then, additional evidence has arisen to complicate the media’s breathless narrative that “the ground is shifting on gun control.”
First, more recent poll numbers underscore the fact that Americans, including young Americans, recognize that the country has far more pressing problems than rushing to enact unproven gun control measures.
The Associated Press and MTV, for example, teamed up this year to measure the “Youth Political Pulse,” with surveys conducted from late February to early March (when the news cycle was focused on the terrible crime at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School) and again from late April to early May. Between the survey periods, the percentage of respondents aged 15 to 34 who identified firearm-related issues as their highest concern for the country fell 15 points, from 21% to 6%. During the earlier survey period, the gun issue was the highest concern. In the latter period, it was tied for the sixth most common response, behind the economy, social inequality, and even threat of nuclear war.
Moreover, a week after a similar crime in Santa Fe, Texas on May 18, support for gun control in the Lone Star State had actually dropped 6% since April, as measured by Quinnipiac University polling. Support for stricter gun laws was also lower in the May sample among those aged 18 to 34 than among those 65 or older, another inversion of the conventional wisdom that youth are destined to change the national debate on this question.
A Quinnipiac analyst opined: “The tragedy at the Santa Fe school south of Houston changed few opinions among Texas voters about gun control. Support for gun control in general is down slightly, while support for background checks for all gun buyers is virtually unchanged.”
Adding to the gun control advocates’ woes were the release of data and studies that contradicted their claims of a rising epidemic of school shootings fueled by easy access to so-called “assault weapons.”
The website The74Million.org, which describes itself as a “non-profit, non-partisan news site covering education in America,” published a lengthy interview in May with Criminologist Nadine Connell of the University of Texas at Dallas, who’s compiling a database of every school shooting since 1990. The piece underscored Connell’s findings that “school shootings are extremely rare” and that allowing them to drive policy isn’t “always the most productive” way to keep students safe.
Connell indicated that “from the perspective of policymaking,” the media’s current reporting on school shootings can be misleading.
“[A]s of now,” she said, “we don’t think there is an increase in the number of incidents as much as there is an increase in the attention to the incidents.” She also stressed that “the number of rampage-like incidents remains extremely low, and they are a relatively small subsection of the shootings we are analyzing.” Schools, Connell said, “are the safest they’ve ever been.”
While Connell indicated in the interview that she is not a fan of arming teachers, she also declined to put gun control at the center of the debate. When asked what would be the “most effective method to stop the lion’s share of the problem,” she emphasized “whole-school-centered approaches to improve climate, clarify expectations, and support teachers and administrators in creating a community of trust and support.” She also noted that the “environmental design” of schools can play an important role in keeping kids safe without making them feel like they are under siege.
Can Mass Shootings be Stopped?
Perhaps more even more ironic was a May 22 report from the Rockefeller Institute that was funded by a multi-state “Regional Gun Violence Research Consortium” representing a who’s-who of Northeastern antigun jurisdictions. Entitled “Can Mass Shootings be Stopped?” the report broadly focuses on mass shootings in general, rather than on school-specific events.
Like Connell, however, the authors mentioned media distortion as an impediment to understanding the true nature of the problem.
“Mass shootings, and those that are particularly lethal, are amplified by the news cycle, making them appear more commonplace when they are, in fact, statistically rare,” they stated. They also characterized the media’s coverage of the events as “unbalanced,” potentially leading the public to “hold disproportional attitudes about the events themselves.”
The report made the points that mass shootings are not limited to the U.S. but “occur in countries worldwide,” are nearly three times more likely to be perpetrated with handguns than with “assault weapons,” and occur more frequently in workplaces than in schools. Also likely to displease its funders is the report’s observation that gun control laws, whether passed in the immediate wake of a mass shooting or kept on the books for decades “often are not enforced, leading them to be ineffective at preventing the next mass shooting.” But perhaps most damning of all was the authors’ admonition that “[k]nee-jerk reactions rooted in emotion will not solve the problem.”
Yet that is exactly how gun control advocates operate and what they offer. Whatever can be said about the youthful gun control activists who have captured so much of the media’s attention lately, they are among the prime purveyors of emotionalism and hyperbole. And far from bringing innovative new thinking to the issue, their main “solution” is the tired notion of banning guns that are underrepresented in rampage gun crimes and remain highly popular among the law-abiding. Instead of treating every word out of their mouths as some new game-changing revelation, their gun control seniors should remind them that “assault weapon” bans had until recently been de-emphasized as an embarrassment to the movement and too obvious of its prohibitory intent.
Unlike the latest gun control hashtag or self-congratulatory Hollywood vanity project, the National Rifle Association has been around since 1871. We’ve seen movements come, and we’ve seen movements go. And while we never doubt the sincerity of our opposition in their desire to eradicate the right to keep and bear arms, we’re not about to change our values or objectives just because some media talking heads or youth-obsessed celebrities begin making demands or throwing around half-baked claims.
Fortunately, the American commitment to freedom also remains strong and resilient. And freedom-loving Americans know they have an ally in the NRA.
Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the “lobbying” arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Visit: www.nra.org
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Morning routines can shape us or break us. When we wake up and do things that enhance our lives from the beginning of the day, we build up our lives to be the way we want them to be. For example, meditation or exercise in the morning can do wonders for your mood and energy level throughout the rest of the day.
But our morning routines can also expand to how we act at work or in school when we first arrive. One teacher is making headlines because of what she has their kindergarten students do with each other every morning. It’s inspiring and building their confidence as well as making the learning environment more welcoming and wholesome.
Burleson, Texas teacher Ashley Coston Taylor teachers five and six-year-olds at Keene Elementary School. In the morning before she gets down to the brass tacks of teaching, Taylor, 41, assigns each student to be the day’s “greeter.” The task of the greeter is to welcome every other student into the classroom with a smile and a handshake.
Taylor hopes to teach her Texas students good manners and confidence. But that’s not all! She wants them to know that there is always “someone on their side.” The greeter can make every student feel welcomed.
When video of Taylor’s classroom tradition went online, it quickly went viral. Other teachers and parents across the state of Texas and the country as a whole were inspired. They loved seeing these five and six-year-old sharing a handshake and a greeting each morning as they gear up to learn. It gets them engaged from the beginning, and they feel like part of the classroom community.
Taylor is a veteran teacher. She’s been on the job working with students for 18 years. And she shared the video of the morning routine on Facebook from class on May 21.
Watch the clip to see the small boy in the orange shirt standing with great posture as he welcomes the other students for the day. His backpack is large, but that only serves to make him all the cuter looking.
In the clip, when a girl in a princess backpack approaches, he reaches his hand out and says, “Good morning, Serena.” She smiles and shakes his hand. Every student in Taylor’s class gets a chance to greet the other students.
After every student is in the class, gets inside, they all say good morning, and a few even share a hug. The student waits in line patiently as they participate in the wholesome ritual.
When the students are done, Taylor shakes the student’s hand and respectfully says, good morning to him.
Taylor wants students to learn how to make eye contact and give a firm handshake. It’s a life lesson students don’t usually learn in school.
Taylor said, “The school shootings have been a real eye-opener. Maybe if some of those kids had felt someone was on their side, things would have happened differently. I understand there are lots of factors that play into those situations. But ‘what if,’ you know?”
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Mayor John Ditslear of Noblesville, Indiana — where a seventh-grader opened fire in a classroom last week and injured two people before a teacher tackled him — is a Republican and told WTTV-TV he considers himself “a Second Amendment guy.”
But all the same he didn’t like what was happening at a new gun store in town, which held its grand opening the day after the shooting, the station said.
You see, Hoosier Armory also had a National Rifle Association tent set up outside its new store Saturday, and Ditslear thought that was going too far. So he had a little chat with the owner, WTTV reported.
“I did approach the owner, and I just told him that, ‘No one expected this, but you’re hurting your business in my opinion, strongly, and you’re hurting our city,’ and I asked them to maybe just think about it and take the tent down,” the mayor told the station.
And then Ditslear added, “I was asked to leave,” WTTV noted.
“The NRA needs to realize that they have a place in this to protect gun owners, but they also have to make sure that gun owners are responsible,” Ditslear added to the station. “I was not happy that I was asked to leave.”
Ditslear told WTTV he hopes Hoosier Armory “learned a lesson” but that he hasn’t “talked to them. Again, I was asked to leave, so I won’t go in there until I’m asked to come back.”
The NRA will hold its 2019 national convention in Indianapolis, WTTV said.
What did the gun store have to say?
Ralph Ripple, Hoosier Armory’s managing partner, said in a statement that the mayor “literally lied” about being asked to leave, the station reported:
Hello everyone. I am a partner at Hoosier Armory. Firearms are our passion and this business lets my partners and I share that passion with fellow shooters.
After the school shooting, my partners and I had a long, heartfelt discussion about what to do about our grand opening on Saturday. If anyone thinks we made the decision to continue with something we had been planning for months without a lot of concern and anxiety, you are mistaken. This was a hard decision for us. We feel horrible for those injured in the shooting. We thank God for the fact that no one was killed. At the same time, we are getting tired of gun owners and the NRA being blamed for every shooting that occurs in this country. For this reason, we decided to continue with our plans.
Some members of the team from the NRA had flown in the night before to attend our grand opening. They had time and money invested in the visit and it had been planned months ago. They offered to stand down but we asked them to set up anyways. They made an offer to not accept new registrations at their booth and to only answer questions about what the NRA does and we accepted that offer. No new NRA members were registered that day.
This has been a painful few days for us here at Hoosier Armory. The mayor of Noblesville literally lied about his visit to the shop. He was never asked to leave and he ended the conversation mid-stream and left without allowing us to plead our case. In other words, he told us his feelings about the situation and then left to join the protesters because the news media had arrived.
We know we will take a hit on this, our facebook page is already lighting up with bad reviews from people who have never been in the shop and don’t know what we are all about. No news media has mentioned any of our charitable activities involving helping injured police officers and helping with firearm suicide prevention.
I want you all to know, we are devastated every time there is a shooting like the one in Noblesville. My partners have kids and grandkids so we know the concerns of parents everywhere. However, we also see the black eyes given to legal law-abiding gun owners everytime something like this happens, We all know that in reality, gun owners are the most law-abiding group of people out there. We see the NRA villainized for school shootings when they offer more ideas to prevent them than our politicians ever do.
I will say that the majority of gun owners have supported us so far through this. I hope we can count on all of you.
Many thanks and God bless.
What did a protesting student have to say?
Clara Lawson — a junior at Noblesville High School where middle school students were reunited with their parents after the shooting — helped organize a protest outside the Hoosier Armory and spent four hours carrying signs with friends, WTTV said.
“We’re not trying to take away your guns. We understand that’s a right, and I understand that, too,” the 17-year-old told the station. “I was protesting the NRA booth, not the Hoosier Armory, because I understand that’s their store, they’re fine if they’re there, that’s their right. But I thought it was really inappropriate that the NRA booth would be there when they saw what had happened the day before — but they still set up, and they continued what they were doing right across the town from a tragedy.”
Lawson added to the station the she believes “gun control shouldn’t be a conservative versus liberal idea. I think it’s kind of a common sense thing because it’s all of us. We’re all involved. We can be safe and people can keep their guns.”
(H/T: Bearing Arms)
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